“growing strong since 1953!”
Frank Stoeber started the World's Largest Ball of Twine in 1953. In just 4 years the giant ball of twine weighed 5,000 pounds and stood 8 feet high. Stoeber gave the ball of twine to Cawker City, Kansas in 1961. Many of the businesses on Cawker City's short main street have paintings containing the giant ball of twine in their windows. A twine stripe painted on the sidewalks leads from the World's Largest Ball of Twine to the pictures. Each August a twine-a-thon is held and additional twine is added by the residents of the community and visitors - this is your chance to be part of one of the World's Largest Things. The Cawker City web page about the twine-a-thon hasn't been updated in a couple of years, but the event includes a horseshoe pitching contest, car show, food, and (of course) adding twine to the world's largest ball. You can arrange to add twine to the World's Largest Ball Twine at other times. Call 785 781-4470 or 781-4713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven't made advance arrangements, try stopping at the Almost Done Inn and ask Lottie Herod for some twine. She is the nice little lady who has designed most of the Ball of Twine related souvenirs.
This place gets 5 stars because I visited it at night. And oh my god, so creepy it was awesome. I was scared to get out of my car to take pictures but I did. Awkwardly smelled good too.
I mean, why not visit?! It was really strange to see a wad of twine. It does stink to high heaven and I wasn't about to hug it like others were doing. All I could think about was flesh eating bacteria. But hey, that's just me.
Perfect little free stop on the way to Little Lady Liberty and the Center of the USA monument. There is gas next door, but not much else.
Good photo opp but not much else, town seemed like it was mostly empty when I stopped by and there wasn't anything across the street except for an empty lot and an old looking sign advertising souvenirs for .25 but i did not see a shop or any visitor information.
Been there two summers ago. Town is small and local gas station attendednt came up the block to tell us about the ball, sign the visitor list, and take our picture. Fun experience for us and the kids.
Be sure to stop by the gift shop. You'll get a piece of twine to add to the ball!
A great stop across this part of the country. But, the town is a little empty.
Just what we expected- a giant ball of twine! My son read about this in The Genius Files book, so we had to stop. Fun photo op. Would have given 5 stars if town had been a bit more lively...on a Sunday nothing was open.
Pretty neat little stop, but beware the bugs!
Bring twine—you can add to it. We didn’t but wish we had. Fun to see. Don’t miss the paintings in “shop” windows with twine hidden in them.
Don't go out of your way just for this. If you are driving along on your way to the geo center of the US, by all means just stop by. It's free, outside and there is parking. It's more a blob than a ball, and it is sure a weird site to see.
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